Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Millennials feel more stressed in workplace than older colleagues

Millennials feel more stressed in workplace than older colleagues

The call is being made by charity chiefs during Mental Health Awareness Week (May 14-20), which this year is all about stress and how to cope with it. It's crucial that the right measures are in place to care for everyone's mental health at work, and employers are proactive rather than reactive in their approach to supporting employee wellbeing as a whole.

"We know that changing workplace culture takes time to filter through an organisation". While stress isn't a mental health problem, it can lead to depression and anxiety, and even self-harm and suicide.

Dame Kelly said: "I think its great that we have these weeks where you're focussing on an issue with people opening up and speaking about their problems".

Millennials feel more stressed in workplace than older colleagues
Millennials feel more stressed in workplace than older colleagues

The survey, commissioned by the charity to mark the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week, also found that nearly a third of people (32%) had experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings because of stress.

"The statistics would suggest that stress looms large for the British workforce, which - as a country of employers - is something we need to address", he said. However, numerous other two-thirds will have come into contact with other health professionals such as nurses and Global Positioning System - meaning that nursing staff have opportunities to try and help prevent suicides.

Mental Health Awareness Month, also known as Mental Health Month, educates the public about the reality of mental illnesses. Conducted by Opinium among 502 senior decision-makers, the study found that taboos are hindering businesses from addressing mental health issues in the workplace.

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Organisations from across Scotland are set to benefit from a new mental health fund.

A new mental health guide for civil service managers, available through HR, has been developed in partnership with the Cross Government Mental Health Network to offer practical support to managers.

We are also improving support for preventative and less intensive child and adolescent mental health services to tackle issues earlier, including reviewing counselling and guidance services in schools to ensure they are delivering for children and young people.

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Mental health was never taken as a serious issue until those suffering emerged from the shadows.

All of this work is underpinned by a significant financial commitment of £150 million over five years.

Tim Coupland, mental health nurse and RCN Mental Health Forum member who is the proposer of today's debate, said: "At some point during our working lives, every health professional will come into contact with someone who is feeling suicidal". Switching off from work was the most popular action (27%), followed by seeking colleague support (26%) and listening to music (13%).

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Periods of ill health can be recovered from if treated so let's do not forget to make time to look after our own mental wellbeing and be mindful of those we are close to.

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